- Also called Judas Iscariot. the disciple who betrayed Jesus. Mark 3:19.
- a person treacherous enough to betray a friend; traitor.
- Also called Saint Judas, Saint Jude. one of the 12 apostles (not Judas Iscariot). Luke 6:16; Acts 1:13; John 14:22.
- a brother of James (and possibly of Jesus). Matt. 13:55; Mark 6:3.
- (usually lowercase) Also called judas hole. a peephole, as in an entrance door or the door of a prison cell.
- (of an animal) used as a decoy to lead other animals to slaughter: A Judas goat led sheep into the abattoir.
- the fourth son of Jacob and Leah. Gen. 29:35.
- one of the 12 tribes of Israel traditionally descended from him.
- the Biblical kingdom of the Hebrews in S Palestine, including the tribes of Judah and Benjamin.Compare Ephraim(def 3).
- a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “praised.”
Related Words for judasconspirator, deceiver, turncoat, betrayer, rat, weasel, two-timer, backstabber
Examples from the Web for judas
Contemporary Examples of judas
In fact, the Michigan congressman went so far as to liken them to Judas Iscariot.Tea Party Reindeer Farmer Faces Extinction
July 30, 2014
Well, it was based on an amalgam of bands—Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Motley Crue, Judas Priest, and Van Halen.Rob Reiner on the State of Romcoms, ‘The Princess Bride’s’ Alternate Ending, and the Red Viper
July 27, 2014
The song left a long paper trail, and discovery of the 24-track proved far easier than other Judas Priest masters.The Stacks: The Judas Priest Teen Suicide Trial
June 28, 2014
Longstanding tradition in Venezuela calls for “Judas burning” on Easter Sunday.Venezuela’s Security Forces: A Killer Elite Beyond the Law
April 22, 2014
According to an interview with Rob Halford, lead singer of Judas Priest, in the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, not well.Anderson Cooper, Ellen Degeneres & More Stars Who Came Out (VIDEO)
The Daily Beast Video
July 2, 2012
Historical Examples of judas
I had forgot the pasty, and it will be as scorched as Judas Iscariot!The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The lad was like a strippling Judas; his attitude filled Mortimer with loathing.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Such was the character of Judas, and probably of Lot's wife.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
A French legend, on the other hand, identifies 'the man' with Judas Iscariot.Storyology
So identified he was with Judas that he felt at times as if his breastbone was bursting.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
- (sometimes capital) a peephole or a very small window in a doorAlso called: judas window, judas hole
Word Origin for judas
- New Testament the apostle who betrayed Jesus to his enemies for 30 pieces of silver (Luke 22:3–6, 47–48)Full name: Judas Iscariot
- a person who betrays a friend; traitor
- a brother or relative of James and also of Jesus (Matthew 13:55). This figure, Thaddaeus, and Jude were probably identical
- denoting an animal or bird used to lure others of its kind or lead them to slaughter
- the fourth son of Jacob, one of whose descendants was to be the Messiah (Genesis 29:35; 49:8–12)
- the tribe descended from him
- the tribal territory of his descendants which became the nucleus of David's kingdom and, after the kingdom had been divided into Israel and Judah, the southern kingdom of Judah, with Jerusalem as its centre
biblical betrayer of Christ, Latin form of Greek Ioudas, from Hebrew Yehudha (see Judah). As a name for a malicious traitor, it is attested from late 15c. Judas priest as an exclamation in place of "Jesus Christ" is from 1914. Judas tree (1660s) supposedly was the type from which Judas hanged himself. The Judas goat (1941) leads sheep to the shackling pen.
masc. proper name, biblical son of Jacob by Leah, also the name of a tribe of Israel, from Hebrew Yehudah, from stem of y-d-h, literally "praised."